We skipped our usual dining choice in town, and opted instead for Bil-Mar, a restaurant about a mile down the road overlooking the water. The main entree was nothing special, but I'm still thinking about the appetizer and dessert. We started our meal with fried cauliflower and homemade ranch dressing, and finished with turtle ice cream pie.
Our girls joined us for the second day; we played "yahtzee", had dinner at Kirby Grill, and watched "Father of the Bride" before bed. No, this visit was not the same as our last one, over five years ago. It was different. But I am different, too. We are now a family of five. I write more on my laptop than I do in my journal. I am in a different season of life. I enjoyed some solitude, time to connect with my husband and kids, and then several days with family up north. It was not entirely what I had expected, but few things are. It was, however, exactly what I needed.
Our ride back to Chicago was long ~ we were tired, but our 'buckets' were full with great memories of our trip and our time with family and friends. And although we again ignored most of Camille's directions, when we turned onto our cul-de-sac, my heart warmed when she said, "You have arrived. Home."